Some different competitions to enter

There aren’t so many competitions to enter the beginning of the next year, though there are three free ones to have a go at. The disadvantage of these is that a lot of people might enter them. The Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition, though £18, is worth checking out if you write children’s or YA novels. There are a couple of unusual competitions in the Rheidol and Aberystwyth Prizes, if you’re interested in Welsh settings or themes. If you live in Scotland and write children’s fiction, have a look at the Kelpies Prize. And if you’re a budding playwright, the Drip Action Theatre Company’s competition might be right up your street.

 

Good luck and let us know of any successes.

 

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January Competition:

 

Drip Action Theatre Company Fiction Competition

Theme: Play lasting 30 to 40 minutes

Prize: £250 plus performance at Arundel Festival

Closing date:  31 January 2019

Entry: Free

Details

 

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February competitions:

 

Rheidol Prize for Writing with a Welsh Theme or Setting

Theme: Several forms accepted, including non-fiction and novella

Prize: £1,000 advance on ebook publishing deal / £300 + voucher towards residential course

Closing date:  4 February 2019

Entry: £10

Details

 

Aberystwyth Prize for Dystopian Novella

Theme: Novella set in Wales or with Welsh theme

Prize: £1,000 advance on ebook publishing deal / £300 + voucher towards residential course

Closing date:  4 February 2019

Entry: £10

Details

 

Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize

Theme: Novel by a woman over 21, Open theme, unpublished, first 40 – 50 pages

Prize: £1,500 / All shortlisted entries receive a half-hour consultation

Closing date:  8 February 2019

Entry: £12

Details

 

Solution Loans Short Story Competition

Theme: ‘A New Home’, 1,500 – 2,000 words

Prize: £200 + publication on the site / 3 x £50

Closing date:  28 February 2019

Entry: Free

Details

 

Margery Allingham Short Story Competition

Theme: Crime story, unpublished, 3,500 words max

Prize: £500 plus two weekend passes for Crime Fest 2020

Closing date:  28 February 2019

Entry: £12

Details

 

Exeter Writers Short Story Competition

Theme: Open, 3,000 words max

Prize: £700 / £250 / £100 / Devon prize £100

Closing date:  28 February 2019

Entry: £7

Details

 

Flash 500 Short Story Competition

Theme:  Open, 1,000 – 3,000 words

Prize: £500 / £200 / £100

Closing date:  28 February 2019

Entry: £7

Details

 

Kelpie Prize (for those based in Scotland)

Theme: Children’s fiction. Need to enter five chapters of a novel and synopsis, synopsis for another novel and a piece of writing 1,000 – 3,000 words starting with sentence provided.

Prize: £1,000 + publishing contract with Floris Books, mentoring and retreat.

Closing date:  28 February 2019

Entry: Free

Details

 

Scottish Arts Short Story Award

Theme: Open, 2,000 words max

Prize: £1,000 / £500 / £250 / Isobel Lodge Award open to unpublished writers born or living in Scotland

Closing date: 28 February 2019

Entry: £10

Details

 

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Francesca Capaldi Burgess has been placed or shortlisted in a number of competitions including Winchester Writers’ Conference, Twyford Writers, Chorley & District Writer’s Circle, Retreat West, Cordelia.net, Meridian Writing, Flash a Famous Phrase, Wells Festival, and Writing Magazine. She’s had stories and a serial published in magazines worldwide. Her first book, Danger for Daisy, is due to be published by My Weekly Pocket Novels on December 27th. Apart from the RNA, she’s also a member of the Society for Women Writers and Journalists. Francesca runs a writing blog along with RNA member Elaine Roberts called Write Minds.

 

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